What You Should Know About the Flu Vaccine

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Flu season starts in October and it can last through March. While it is possible to catch the flu at any time during the year, you are more likely to catch it during flu season. The flu can cause many symptoms that make it difficult to get out of bed for up to a week. The most common flu symptoms include:

  • A high fever (over 100)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • A dry, hacking cough
  • A stuffy or a runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • A sore throat

In some cases, the flu cause complications, such as pneumonia, which can result in hospitalization and even death. Because the flu can be so serious, it is important that you are vaccinated each year. Before getting vaccinated, there are a few things that you should know about the flu vaccine.

What Type of Vaccines Are There?

When it comes to the flu vaccine, there are a few options to choose from, depending on your needs.

  • Standard-dose trivalent: The standard-dose flu shot is given through an injection. It is recommended for people 6 months old to 64 years old.
  • High-dose trivalent: The high-dose flu shot is designed for people who are 65 years of age or older and for people who have a weakened immune system. This vaccine is also given via injection.
  • Quadrivalent vaccines: Quadrivalent vaccines will protect you from both the influenza A and influenza B viruses. This vaccine is given via injection.

Can I Get the Flu From My Vaccination?

It is impossible to get the flu from the vaccination. Many people believe that the flu shot contains a live virus and this is why they don’t get the flu vaccine. In reality, the flu vaccine cannot make you sick. The vaccines that are given via injection contain a small amount of the virus, however, it is dead. There is no way that you can get sick from a dead virus. The Flu-Mist does contain the live virus, however, the amount is so small that you cannot get sick from receiving the vaccine.

Does the Flu Vaccine Have Any Side Effects?

The flu vaccine can cause a few minor side effects. The injectable vaccine can cause redness and swelling in the area where you got the injection. It can be painful or itchy for a day or two. The injectable vaccines and the Flu-Mist can produce mild flu symptoms for about 24 hours. The symptoms are so mild that they won’t affect your everyday life. Since the symptoms of the flu are much more severe than the side effects of the virus, it is a good idea to get vaccinated every year.

Why Do I Need To Be Vaccinated Again If I Was Vaccinated Last Year?

It is necessary to get the flu vaccine every year if you are going to keep from getting sick. Each year, the flu strain that will make you sick chances. Because of these changes, the flu vaccine is different each year. The flu vaccine that you got last year likely won’t be the same as the one available this year. Also, the effects of the flu vaccine last less than a year. Even if it were the same flu strain, last year’s vaccine would have worn off before the beginning of this year’s flu season.

The best way to remain healthy during flu season is to get vaccinated each year.

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